Frameworks: Evangel’s Distinctive Core Curriculum
EU students develop their worldview through the framework of a Christian, liberal arts education and prepare for their professions as integrated thinkers. One of the ways we encourage and strengthen this integrated thinking is through our Frameworks program, which serves as a distinctive core curriculum (sometimes referred to as general education) aimed at developing students beyond the narrow focus of their major.
Frameworks provides Evangel students with a traditional liberal arts education combined with a theological basis that prepares them to be well-rounded thinkers with a global perspective.
An academic degree at Evangel University consists of three legs:
- Frameworks, Evangel’s distinctive core curriculum
- An academic major
- An exploratory minor
Frameworks also includes an embedded minor in Integrated Studies.
All Evangel students will take the following core classes:
Frameworks Core Curriculum
|Essential Christianity [Integrated Studies minor course]||3|
|Global Connections [Integrated Studies minor course]||3|
|Effective Communication [Integrated Studies minor course]||3|
|Interdisciplinary: Order & Disorder [Integrated Studies minor course]||3|
|Interdisciplinary: Humanity [Integrated Studies minor course]||3|
|Interdisciplinary: Church & Culture [Integrated Studies minor course]||3|
|Interdisciplinary: Pentecost [Integrated Studies minor course]||3|
|Old Testament Literature||3|
|New Testament Literature||3|
|Bible Book Study||3|
|Human Development & Relationships||3|
|Social Science Elective||3|
|Academic Credit Total:||53|
- EU20: Learning Outcomes
Evangel University Student Learning Outcomes
Evangel University’s academic programs are designed to fulfill the following key Outcomes. The Outcomes are organized around the themes that characterize the Evangel experience: An Evangel education is Christ-centered, Exploratory, Integrational, and Global. When students engage in the pursuit of truth at Evangel University, they should demonstrate the following competencies:
CHRIST-CENTERED: And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17. The Christ-centered theme highlights the centrality of the person and teachings of Jesus Christ to the Christian’s life and education.
- C1. Spiritual Formation: Practice spiritual disciplines and articulate the contribution of these disciplines to their personal relationship with Christ.
- C2. Pentecostal Experience: Identify the role of the Holy Spirit in their journey to spiritual maturity, drawing on the rich resources of biblical and historical Pentecostal experience.
- C3. Biblical Interpretation: Employ sound interpretive practices when reading Scripture.
- C4. Ethical Decision-making: Apply biblical principles to ethical decision-making so as to distinguish between Christ-like and non-Christ-like behaviors in a variety of personal and social contexts.
- C5. Christian Stewardship: Identify opportunities for and engage in stewardship of resources based on biblical principles.
EXPLORATORY: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8. The Exploratory theme affirms that all truth is God’s truth, regardless of where it is found, opening all academic disciplines as avenues for the curious Christian scholar to explore.
- E1. Reading & Imagination: Demonstrate analytical reading skills and engage imaginatively with texts in a variety of disciplines.
- E2. Critical Reasoning: Recognize, follow, and construct logical arguments.
- E3. Historical Inquiry: Define essential issues in human history, identify ways others have addressed those issues, and explore the applicability of those approaches to other intellectual, political, social, and/or spiritual contexts.
- E4. Research & Analysis: Evaluate research, analyze data, and articulate arguments according to accepted methodologies in the liberal arts and sciences.
- E5. Technological Ingenuity: Use current technology to search and communicate information and enhance professional practice.
INTEGRATIONAL: . . .that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2 – 3. The Integrational theme demonstrates the ways in which the pursuit of truth aligns faith, learning, and living into an integrated whole from which students can step into their callings.
- I1. Integrational Philosophy: Articulate the integration of faith, learning, and life.
- I2. Artistic Expression: Identify and/or perform a variety of artistic expressions and analyze their value as reflections of the human condition.
- I3. Health & Fitness: Participate in health and fitness activities and explain their importance in maintaining a strong intellectual, emotional, and spiritual life.
- I4. Strengths & Callings: Articulate the ways in which their personal strengths and the proficiencies they acquire through a well-rounded, interdisciplinary, liberal arts education contribute to the fulfillment of their callings.
- I5. Faith & Science: Relate Christian faith to the concepts, theories, and practices of science.
GLOBAL: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18. “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-38. The Global theme encourages students to connect with others personally, locally, and globally.
- G1. Effective Communication: Employ effective communication appropriate to audience, context, and purpose.
- G2. Healthy Relationships: Recognize and demonstrate healthy relationships in civic, church, and personal life.
- G3. Global Cultures: Demonstrate knowledge of nations and regions of the world and key historical and cultural events in those regions.
- G4. Perspectives & Worldviews: Articulate their own perspectives and respect, understand, and evaluate the perspectives of other individuals and the worldviews of other people groups, historic and contemporary.
- G5. Service & Witness: Articulate a personal Christian testimony and demonstrate compassionate, hospitable service in a manner appropriate for the social and cultural context.